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Posted 2017-06-18T03:45:15Z

Thrid Update

 These ladies are my new heroes. Betty and Maureen have endured so much in just 7 days. 


Maureen has settled into room 40 at the skilled nursing facility. She told me when I visited her today that she is feeling positive about the physical therapy plan put together by the specialist at Brookdale.  The goal will be to get her moving and getting used to doing everyday activities with limited mobility due to her injuries. Now if we could only get her dang electronic library download app working again! Big props to Amanda, (Maureen's Daughter) for working so hard to get the remaining moving boxes unpacked and all the art hung on the wall so that the apartment is ready for Betty and Maureen's eventual return. 


While Betty is still having nausea, she has been able to eat a bit more than my last update. Dianne and my M-I-L, Mary, both brought homemade broth which was a much needed break from the hospital food and Ensure. The thoracentesis procedure on Friday was successful as a large amount of fluid was removed, making more room for her lungs to expand. Her breathing has improved as a result. The epidural will be removed tomorrow so the doctor will be monitoring and adjusting the substituting pain medication.  I am hoping this will be a smooth transition for Betty and her appetite continues to grow. The doctor estimates she will be moved to the skilled nursing facility (Brookdale) on Monday or Tuesday. Until then, she remains in the STICU, room 6. 

 Dianne, Kaelyn, Scott, Mary and Pat were able to spend time with Betty this week and I know she appreciated their company and comfort. 

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Comments (5)

  • Annette Fambrough
    Annette Fambrough

    God bless them. I hope they can get relief from pain. Much love to two wonder women!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Ann Hicks
    Ann Hicks one of Betty's many Amarillo friends, I was so happy this morning to read about your progress at the rehab center. We are all sending you (and of course your mom) our positive thoughts for strength and patience as you go through therapy. I'm so glad you have a strong family...and I know you are, too. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more good things about you!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Ann Hicks
    Ann Hicks

    Betty....I was so relieved this morning to learn that you tolerated the lung procedure well and are getting your appetite back...all good signs. I so wish I could be there to see you, but I know your family, as always, is rallying around you and tending to your every need. And you've probably charmed all the medical staff as well! Keep up the good work and remember that all of us here in Amarillo are pulling for your successful recovery. With lots of love, Ann Hicks

    3 years ago · Reply
  • BJ Oppermann
    BJ Oppermann

    Betty, I will just repeat earlier comments from today. All your Amarillo fans and buddies are sending lots of love and healing thoughts to you and Maureen. We want each day to be more comfortable from the one before! I was really glad to learn that you had some good homemade soup to eat. That had to be a treat. Please continue to do better and remember that we all send our love and wishes for improvement every day. BJ Oppermann

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Rebecca Allen
    Rebecca Allen

    I am so grateful to find out that they are in rehab or will be shortly. Thank you Amanda for getting me in touch. I am sending loving thought to you and your family.

    3 years ago · Reply